National Minority Health Month 2017

Changing Perceptions in Minority Health and Bridging Health Equity

National Minority Health Month


Even though multicultural communities are diverse in their makeup, culture and traditions, they still face similar challenges when it comes to equity, health outcomes and access to care and healthy foods. These unique sectors across our nation are making big efforts to address their common experiences and tackle barriers together, using different strategies, tailored to their specific cultural and environmental needs.

We all want the best for our family. The best access to healthy food options, walkable paths, clean parks for activities, clean air for our children to breathe in and healthy community to survive and thrive in. Despite all efforts to educate, bring awareness and create sustainable changes in our communities, it seems like we’ve only started to peel one layer of the onion as we continue to see similar health outcomes — including shorter life expectancy because of the limitation of the environment in which minorities live. Needless to say, there is much more work to be done and we can’t do it alone.

The American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED To Serve movement addresses the root causes or social determinants of health and exposes critical factors and needs for multicultural communities throughout the United States and aims to find solutions through awareness, education, advocacy and other opportunities.

This Minority Health Month, join the EmPOWERED To Serve movement to help Change Perceptions in Minority Health by bridging health equity across communities. Because misperceptions contribute to poor health outcomes, let’s work together to:

1.  Change perceptions on HBP and Stroke.
Do you know your numbers? Take control of your blood pressure, before it controls you.
Sign up for CCC.

2.  Change Perceptions on Physical Activity.

  • Get involved in a National Walking Day event, April 5! Lace up your kicks and jumpstart NWD with ETS Power Ambassador, Ashanti Johnson of Chicago’s 360 Mind.Body.Soul. Studio! Get pumped up at 10 AM CST via FB Live.
  • Need daily inspiration to stay the course? “Pep Your Step for Good” and walk your way to a healthier lifestyle + win prizes sponsored by Macy’s! Join #GoRedGetFit today! The NEW challenge launched Monday, April 3.
  • The celebration for National Walking Day lasts all month long! Interested in hosting a Walking Day Event? Download your toolkit here.

3.  Change Perceptions on CPR.
Learn Hands Only CPR to help save a life. Get trained by watching this 90 second video.

Let’s change perceptions and bridge health equity, because the external factors surrounding us are negatively impacting our health. Let’s change perceptions and take control of our health because 80% of heart disease and strokes are preventable.

Don’t forget to visit and like us on Facebook (@EmPOWERED To Serve) and Twitter (Power2endstroke).


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nmhm-pdf-01By The Numbers: African-American Heart Health in the US

nmhm-pdf-01By the Numbers: Hispanic Heart Health in the U.S. 8.5×11| 8.5×14 | Coming Soon! Spanish

Six Salty Foods in Korean Cuisine

Six Salty Foods in Chinese Cuisine

Six Salty Foods in Filipino Cuisine

Six Salty Foods in Hawaiian Cuisine

Multicultural Health Is Why Infographic

nmhm-pdf-01Our Work on Social Determinants of Health

Coming Soon! 10 Essential Benefits of the Affordable Care Act English | Spanish


African American CVD Prevention

Latina CVD Prevention


programs icon Events

National Walking Day
Lace up your kicks and jumpstart National Walking Day with ETS and National Power Ambassador, Ashanti Johnson! Join in via FB Live April 5 at noon CST. Don’t miss a beat this month. Find more events and details here.


programs icon Programs

Join #GoRedGetFit and “Pep Your Step for Good” and walk your way to a healthier lifestyle + win prizes sponsored by Macy’s! The NEW challenge launches Monday, April 3. Join #GRGF today!


You control your destiny. Stay in control of your health by monitoring your blood pressure. Check out our self-monitoring tracking tool to maintain a healthy heart. Find a Check. Change. Control. Program near you. Be EmPOWERED.


Blog icon Conversations

The Red- Lip Stories is a new blog experience facilitated by National Power Ambassador Demetria McKinney (singer, actress [House of Payne]) that allows you to share your inspiration and motivation for making the best lifestyle decisions possible.

Blog 1: Demetria McKinney, Singer/Actress

We want to hear from you too.
Submit your red-lip story based on the monthly topic to us for a feature on our website and social media and an EmPOWERED To Serve prize pack!
Email us at or share via Facebook.

Don’t Let Hair Dictate Your Health (coming soon).


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